Leading a Small Group: Part 3: Sample Bible Study

Most people who attend a church will, at some point, be a part of a small group. I have written recently about the basics of small groups and about how to ask good questions in your group. Below you will find a framework for a simple, interactive Bible Study. I wouldn’t suggest this framework every time you meet, but it works great in a pinch!

Quick Small Group Bible Study

  1. Choose your passage
  2. Read the passage to the group.
  3. Have the group read the passage.
  4. Ask:  What do we see about the character of God?
  5. Ask:  What work do we see God doing?
  6. Read the passage again.
  7. Ask:  What do we see about the character of man?
  8. Ask:  What work are we commended to do or not do?
  9. Pray through the passage.
    1. Glorify God for His character.
    1. Ask God for help for personal growth and trials.
    1. Ask God for help for others.
    1. Thank God for His work.

Example of Small Group Study:  2 Thess 2:13-17

What is the character of God demonstrated?  Love, Sovereign, Savior, Father. . .

What work has God done or what is He doing now?  Chooses, loves, saves, sanctifies, calls, gives comfort. . .

What is the character of the believing person? Chosen, saved, sanctified, called, hopeful. . .

What work are we commended to do (or not do)?  Give thanks, stand firm, hold to what’s been taught, do good works. . .

Here are examples of some other questions that you might discuss as a part of this study:

  • How does the love of God relate to the Fatherhood of God? Can God be loving without being good? How have you seen His goodness demonstrated in your life?
  • What are some ways that you recognize the comfort that God gives? What is a time that you could clearly identify His comfort at work in your life?
  • What is the content of the believer’s hope? How this hope both present and future?
  • Which one of that list of works is demonstrated most consistently or inconsistently in your life?

I hope this short series has been helpful for you. Do you have a great small group story you would like to share with me? Feel free to add it to the comments below.

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